For the past few months, 17 year-old student Wang Jia Yun has been tearing the internet up in both China and South Korea. In China, she was quickly given a nickname: "chong qi wa wa" (充气娃娃 )or "inflatable doll".
Like so many of the young internet idols emerging out of China (ditto for the West), Wang's photos are the product of heavy Photoshop work, make-up, and clever camera work. The eyes look more like something you'd see in an anime or manga, than in real life. The legs are far too long. The bone construction does not look human.
But it does look like a doll—or something you'd see in a comic book. If the internet is already producing "real-life dolls", is the next illogical step "real-life blow-up dolls"?
The reason behind her nickname—which, honestly, is rather brash—is that her idealized physical features apparently resemble those "life-like" sex dolls Japan makes. Perhaps it's the large eyes, the long legs, the oval face, and the slender, curvy body.
In English, Wang calls herself "Renee-yun". And her fame has spread outside of China. This past February, her name ranked high on South Korean search portals. English language websites like Daily Lenglui also took notice.
Above, you can see photos of Wang with and without Photoshop. Chinese forums and websites tracked down even more pics. Supposedly, her photos and blog caused such a fuss that the Hong Kong-native shut down her site after experiencing a negative reaction from her teachers. She, however, continues to update her Weibo (China's take on Twitter).
Remember when kids didn't get their idealized notions from an artist's pen? The internet, it seems, is intent on making much of the world forget.